Journalist Code of Ethics

About: society of professional journalists: spj code of ethics

Notice the disclaimer at the front in favor of the First Amendment:
source: ... The SPJ Code of Ethics is voluntarily embraced by thousands of journalists, regardless of place or platform, and is widely used in newsrooms and classrooms as a guide for ethical behavior. The code is intended not as a set of "rules" but as a resource for ethical decision-making. It is not " nor can it be under the First Amendment " legally enforceable.

... & in the elongated discussion section of the link provided:
source: ... Preserving those rights is a fundamental mission of SPJ " every bit as important to its members as sound ethics " and we don't want the pursuit of the one to have a negative effect on the other. American citizens’ constitutional rights to free speech and a free press are vulnerable, and they are placed in jeopardy whenever we allow them to be confused with or limited by the professional responsibility to act ethically. Instead, we encourage the exposure of unethical journalism as a means for rooting it out; more speech is the most effective counter measure.

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I am still conflicted about the use of secret sources, classified information & lies & inaccuracies on page 1 retracted only later on page 33.


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